I have to say, there a few offerings that look solid from this Secret Wars, despite the fact the event looks to be mostly a huge disjointed mess. Under some circumstances, maybe I would have been a huge proponent of this type of stuff. Of course, that being said, the event looks like ten pounds of shit in a five pound bag. The content is all over the place, there’s no notion of a central story line, and the commercial appeal and marketing is sketchy. On one hand, I could respect marvel for some risky stories and a healthy dive into what looks to be some pulpish sci fi elements that I usually love. But on the other, this is mostly the same old crew pumping out the stuff I haven’t dug.
From what I’ve seen thus far, Aaron’s Weirdworld (dammit Aaron’s bringing back Crystar, I wonder if he read my fan fics?), Ennis’ Monster book, Abnett’s Korvac , look right up my alley, maybe a few more. The devil Dino/Hulk story looks OK (though Humphries writes it..yechh). The X men offerings hearken me back to when I loved X books (FabNic!). The spider stuff looks decent, Slott’s always on.
Clearly, with all the fringe stuff I am concerned this could be a huge sales disaster. Tom Brevoort must be sweating harder than a gypsy with a mortgage. Even the name recognition is toned down. I thought we’d have more SPIDER MAN: Secret Wars type stories, but morphing everything around is risky.
Then there is the stuff I see as really not my bag. Bendis GOTG et al, Frankly, Hickman would be dead fish to me. He’s just too damn long winded and unfocused.
Then we have the biggie, of course, Duggan’s Infinity Gauntlet. In a recent CBR interview Duggan said this:
“Nobody loves those Starlin stories more than I do.”
Yet, wasn’t Jim on record saying marvel gave no indication this story was even being done? That’s showing your love right there? BTW if you do love Starlin’s stories so well how come your NINO book has no indication of any knowledge of a Starlin work. (and also BTW I love Starlin’s stuff more than you, so there.)
Normally, from the solicits, this kinda story would be right up my alley. There’s some potential indication this may be from a world where the Annihilation Wave hit Earth. Weaver is a huge talent, he’s awesome. But Duggan’s just done to much to make me stay away. His stuff has forced me to decline to spend my hard earned money on his writing. (For those who don;t know I dropped all 11 of my marvel books after Duggan’s dreadful Nova #19) I’ve ironed most of all the “why” there in the countless blog entries below.
I talked more about the series in the prior blog entry, but despite the fact it “looks ok” (change that visually aside from sickening “child Novas”, it looks very good from Weaver’s angle.), its still Duggan writing and that’s the bottom line. If they brought Rider back here, maybe I’d check it out later someday..but we all know that won’t happen. (EDIT for the record, the potential multi colored Novas is a dreadful concept)
As a kid, I used to have a Crystar figure. I had his winged dragon too, but the wings were really rigid and got lost. Crystar lost a leg at some point (Only below the knee) so he became the token “wounded guy” in all my battles. I loved damn Crystar.
So, unfortunately, the ban on marvel will remain. No Rider = No buy. Nothing changes. This is marvel’s choice, not mine. And damn you marvel for making me miss Crystar and FabNic’s return.